Singer-songwriter The Weeknd has announced that he will donate $1 million (£723,000) to help hunger relief efforts in Ethiopia amid the ongoing conflict between the government in Addis Ababa and the Tigray region.
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There are expanding reports of atrocities like slaughters and assaults in the conflict, and concern is developing about an absence of food and clinical consideration in Tigray, an area of 6,000,000 individuals.
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The weekend, who is of Ethiopian descent, announced this noble decision of donation for relief efforts in Ethiopia on Instagram to encourage others to join in the cause.
He wrote: “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.
“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.
His parents emigrated from Ethiopia to Canada and The Weeknd- real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye- grew up speaking the official language of Ethiopia.
Reacting to his social media post, one person wrote: “This is awesome. Thank you for caring for our world.”
Another added: “Thank you for using your platform for good, this is a very important topic more celebs need to talk about.”
The UK and global partners have communicated worries about reports of denials of basic freedoms and infringement of worldwide law in Ethiopia’s contention hit area of Tigray.
An assertion from the G7 – comprised of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the EU – required an ‘autonomous, straightforward and unprejudiced’ examination concerning the detailed wrongdoings.
The pioneers additionally required the ‘quick, unlimited and obvious’ withdrawal of Eritrean soldiers battling close by Ethiopia in the country’s northern district amid the contention with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
A statement said: “We condemn the killing of civilians, sexual and gender-based violence, indiscriminate shelling, and the forced displacement of residents of Tigray and Eritrean refugees.
“All parties must exercise utmost restraint, ensure the protection of civilians and respect human rights and international law.”
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will conduct a joint investigation to find out about human rights violations.
The G7 noted this, adding: “It is essential that there is an independent, transparent and impartial investigation into the crimes reported and that those responsible for these human rights abuses are held to account.”
You can also join in and donate to relief efforts in Ethiopia here.