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Canada (ANN)- Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a popular Canadian’s Ethiopians musician known as The Weekend, has pledged $ 1m (£ 700,000) to the Tigray people affected by the conflict in Ethiopia, According to BBC World Africa.

Born in Canada, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is the son of an Ethiopian immigrant and wants the donation to help Ethiopians affected by the Tigray conflict.

“My heart goes out to my people in Ethiopia, as innocent civilians including children and the elderly are being senselessly killed,” he said.

Fighting erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in November 2020, following attacks by Ethiopian Federal Government forces in collaboration with neighboring Eritrea’s military, regional militias and other government allies which overthrew the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

READ: A report on the genocide in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared war on the TPLF, accusing it of attacking Ethiopian military bases and seizing weapons, capturing millions of people. When they fled to Sudan, the fighting caused thousands of deaths and thousands of deaths, with international human rights organizations and some government’s strongly condemning acts of genocide, atrocities and killings in the region. Tigray linked to Ethiopian, Eritrean forces and other militias.

Last week, a BBC Africa Eye investigation uncovered evidence suggesting the Ethiopian military had carried out a massacre in Tigray, killing at least 15 men.

Amnesty International and CNN, meanwhile, have in recent days released the results of an investigation into shocking video footage of the genocide in the Tigrean region.

The report also showed images of evidence, some of which showed some Ethiopian soldiers surrounding people who appeared to have been captured.

On the other hand international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have previously reported on genocide in Tigray, and the United States, other international and regional organizations have repeatedly warned of abuses in Tigray.

The Eritrean troops started to withdraw after the G7 group of industrialised nations called for them to do so on 2 April.

The G7 group also said it is “strongly concerned” by reports of human rights abuses in Tigray. These include mass killings of civilians, sexual violence, looting and the abuse of refugees.

Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Asmara to persuade Eritrean leader Asseif Afwerk, but it could not be confirmed whether Eritrean troops would withdraw from Tigray, However, some media outlets have reported that parts of the Eritrean army have withdrawn from parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region in recent days.

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