Ashley Powys, a 22-year-old Londoner, witnessed something he never saw on the city's busy Tube system in all his years of commuting.
During the journey he was seated beside a young girl wearing a hijab, but they didn't speak until a man from behind said "f***ing p***" quite loudly.
The man then got closer to the girl and began hurling abusive comments at her, saying things like "rag-head," "terrorist," "scum," and saying that "her people" murdered the victims of the Paris attacks.
That did it for Powys. He stood up, pushed the man away from the girl and acted as a barrier between the two.
The thug went on to call Powys a "terrorist sympathizer" but he paid no heed to the bully as he went on to sit back next to the girl who by now had tears in her eyes. To distract her, Powys struck up a conversation, asking her name among other things. She revealed her name was Yara.
His act of kindness didn’t end there though. Having reached his stop, he was nice enough to ask Yara if she would like him to stay longer until she reached her destination.
The girl burst into sobs at his gesture.
During the ride, Powys asked Yara if she often encountered such instances, and heartbreakingly, the answer is yes.
"I told her in confidence that there are many people like me, and she should never have to feel afraid in her own country. And this is her country, and her city," Powys said in a Facebook post that soon garnered thousands of likes and shares.
He ended in a plea to everyone: "Please take care of each other. Both friends and strangers. You never know when you might need someone to do the same in return."
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