The country has been locked in an internal conflict since November when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive on the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation, after the group took over an army base. According to the UN, fighting between government and regional forces has cost thousands of lives and displaced nearly two million people.
“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,” Abel wrote. “I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Programme and encourage those who can to please give as well.”
This isn’t the first time the Weeknd has flexed his philanthropic pursuits. Last summer, the pop star donated $2 million to humanitarian causes, giving $1 million to COVID-19 relief, $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, $300,000 to Global Aid in Lebonan, and $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights.