Grammy-award winning singer The Weeknd is donating $1 million to relief efforts in Ethiopia amid violence in the country.

The Super Bowl half-time singer, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, said that he will donate the money through the UN World Food Program.

Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed, raped, and abused during Ethiopia’s five-month-old conflict, as reported in CNN.

“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 Weeknd, who is the son of Ethiopian immigrants, said on Instagram. “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 violence in Ethiopia started in November when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered attacks on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after Ahmed alleged that TPLF attacked a federal military base.

A damning report from The New York Times revealed that U.S. officials believe Ethiopian leaders and allied militia fighters are “leading a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing” in the Tigray region.


Ethiopia’s government reportedly dismissed evidence of these claims.

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