Weekend donates $ 1 million to conflicting Ethiopians


The singer has become one of the biggest chart stars in the last decade

R & B singer The Weeknd has promised to donate $ 1 million (£ 700,000) to Ethiopians involved in the conflict in Tigray.

Born in Canada, the star is the son of an Ethiopian immigrant.

“My Ethiopian people are heartbroken because innocent civilians, from small children to the elderly, are being killed meaninglessly,” he said.

The battle between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began in November, leaving millions homeless.

The fighting began when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to the Tigray region after accusing the TPLF of attacking a government military base.

The TPLF, the ruling party in the region, dropped out with Mr. Abbey about his efforts to strengthen the power of the central government.

A BBC Africa Eye survey last week provided evidence suggesting that Ethiopian troops slaughtered in Tigray, killing at least 15 men.

So far, more than 2 million people have left home to escape the fighting, according to Tigray’s interim government.

They added that it needs help for more than 4 million people.

Weekend said on Twitter and Instagram that his $ 1 million donation will be sent to the United Nations World Food Program to pay for 2 million meals.


The singer has become one of the biggest chart stars in the last decade with hits, including Blinding Lights.

He previously talked about his Ethiopian heritage, Talk to Rolling Stone magazine in 2015 His grandmother will take him to worship in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Canada, his primary language is Amharic and his voice style was influenced Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke..

More about the conflict in Tigray:

The conflict in Tigray spread across national borders as troops from neighboring Eritrea joined the Ethiopian government forces in the fight against the TPLF.

Eritrean troops are reported to have begun withdrawal after the G7 Group of industrialized nations demanded withdrawal on April 2.

The G7 Group also said it was “strongly concerned” about reports of human rights abuses in Tigray. These include mass slaughter of civilians, sexual violence, looting and abuse of refugees.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister has previously denied that civilians have been killed.

Meanwhile, the Tigrinya army is also facing charges of human rights abuses.