Canadian singer The Weeknd on his Instagram page on Sunday, April 4, announced his intention to donate $ 1 million to help victims of the conflict in Ethiopia.
“It breaks my heart over my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians, from young children to the elderly, senselessly die and entire villages are forced to flee due to fear and destruction,” the singer wrote.
According to the artist, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, the funds will be used to provide refugees with two million meals. The artist will give the donation through the UN World Food Program.
The performer on his page on the social network urged everyone who can help to follow his example.
As the NSN notes, in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Weeknd donated $ 1 million to help victims of the coronavirus, half a million of which was donated to MusiCares and another $ 500,000 to a hospital in Ontario, Canada. The artist also donated $ 300,000 to the Beirut Explosion Victims Fund.
In March, The Weeknd announced its decision to boycott the Grammy Awards. In 2021, the performer did not receive a single nomination at one of the most prestigious music awards, which is presented annually by the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Meanwhile, his 52-week hit Blinding Lights charted in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot-100. In addition, the album After Hours, which was released last spring, became the first in terms of sales in the United States.