‘My heart breaks for my people’: The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) donates $1 million to Ethiopian relief efforts


BRYAN ALEXANDER   | USA TODAY

The Weeknd announced he is donating $1 million to relief efforts in Ethiopia amid the ongoing conflict in the African country.

“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” the Super Bowl half-time singer, 31, wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and encourage those who can to please give as well.”

The Weeknd, who was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Canada, is the son of Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye.

The conflict in Ethiopia began in November after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) captured military bases in the northern Ethiopian region, prompting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to order a military offensive to oust the group, according to the BBC. Thousands of civilians have been killed and tens of thousands displaced since the unrest began. 

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