A photo of an elderly woman comforting a stranger on a subway has gone viral.
Ehab Taha was riding on Metro Vancouver's transit system on Feb. 2 when he noticed a man acting aggressively on the train, CTV News reported.
Taha noted that it appeared the man had drug abuse and/or mental health issues. While most passengers were afraid and moved away from the man, one woman went over to him and held his hand.
Taha took a photo of the woman comforting the man and posted it on Facebook. He wrote:
I saw the most incredible display of humanity on the sky train. A six foot five man suffering from drug abuse and\or mental health issues was being very aggressive on the bus with erratic movements, cursing, shouting, etc. While everyone was scared, this one seventy year old woman reached out her hand, tightly gripping his hand until he calmed down, sat down silently, with eventual tears in his eyes. I spoke to the woman after this incident and she simply said, ‘I'm a mother and he needed someone to touch.’ And she started to cry. Don't fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.
Taha’s Facebook post quickly went viral, garnering more than 12,000 shares in three days. Several users commented on the photo, singing the woman’s praises.
“Thanks for sharing,” one user wrote. “People are so easy to judge without acknowledging someone's circumstance sometimes. Good reminder to all of us!!”