Indonesians raise money for elderly banana seller who was robbed

Social media users in Indonesia have raised more than 2,600 dollars for a 94-year-old street vendor who was robbed of his savings.

A video circulated on Twitter and Instagram last week showing the banana seller, Suratman, visibly shaking and later slumping to the ground after a group of three people in a car stole 1.1 million rupiah (82 dollars) in cash from him.

Suratman, who plies his trade in Kota Baru, Jambi province, said in the video that the robbers pretended to buy a bunch of bananas and when he approached the car, they emptied his pocket and sped off.

Suratman said he had saved the money to buy furniture to welcome the Eid al-Fitr festival, which falls on June 25.

After the video went viral, netizens offered to donate money, and a bank employee volunteered to set up a savings account for him.

“Donations began pouring in after the account was created, reaching about 32 million rupiah as of yesterday,” said Amedio Pradipta, a Twitter user who helped coordinate the fundraising campaign.

A volunteer took Suratman to a furniture store, where he bought a set of sofas using the donated money.

The governor of Jambi province, where Suratman lives, donated 5 million rupiah and bought all of his remaining stock, local media reported.

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