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Mohammed Ashraf Haziq being robbed as captured on video.
Mohammed Ashraf Haziq being robbed as captured on video.
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Support shown for young man robbed during riots

The mystery young man seen bleeding and then robbed in a YouTube video has been identified. Now, people are being asked to ‘do something nice’ for him.
Aug 10th 2011, 3:18 PM 1,411 23

Updated 21.20

THE SHOCKING VIDEO of a young man bleeding and dazed being robbed during the London riots stunned many this week.

But now the victim’s identity has been uncovered – and people are being encouraged to ‘do something nice’ for him.

According to the Daily Mail, the man’s name is Mohammed Ashraf Haziq (20) and he is a Malaysian student living in London.

A first-year accounting student, he arrived in London just one week ago.

A video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week showed him sitting on a footpath, bleeding, when he was approached by a gang of youths.

Under the pretence of helping him, they opened his backpack and stole items from it.

The website Let’s Do Something Nice for Ashraf Haziq was launched today and aims to raise money to do something nice for the youth.

Channel Four reports that the website was set up by Jamie Cowen, a former Save the Children Worker, who said the site offers Britain a “chance to demonstrate they didn’t want to see these images flash around the world in their name”. He said he’s not sure how much money is in the account at the moment, but that all of the case will go straight to Ashraf Haziq.

The most popular suggestion so far is that people donate money to fly his parents over to the UK from Malaysia.

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- Additional reporting by Emer McLysaght

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