Sunday evening's episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was a real tearjerker. The revamped show, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, featured a refugee family from the Congo.
Ashraf, Azida and Habiba Barobi fled the Congo after their parents and youngest sister were killed in a fight between rebels and the government. They spent three years in a refugee camp in Uganda, where they were reunited with an aunt and one of their cousins. The five family members were granted asylum in the U.S. and settled in Ogden, Utah.
The town of Ogden gifted the family a parcel of land and the television series built a six-bedroom, 2,900-square-foot home on the property. The home is "net-zero" and fitted with solar panels to keep operating costs down. A representative from Weber State University also gifted the refugees full scholarships to the school.
It was an emotional episode with the family, contractors, and volunteers all shedding tears. It was also very emotional for viewers, who took to Twitter to share in the tears of joy.
Extreme makeover home edition is the sob fest I need right now— Rachel (@rachsilvestro) February 24, 2020
The new extreme makeover home edition is killing me bruh. Giving both a home and a parcel of land to a refugee family...I am SOBBING— Morgan Leigh (@morganleigh_89) February 24, 2020
I swear I can shed tears for days watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/oD1UYAqhMY— 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚠𝚊𝚗 🕊 (@ThaNegroSwan) February 24, 2020
Mannnnn. Extreme makeover home edition has me balling my damn eyes out 😭😭😭😭😭😭 I wish I could be one of these people giving back to people who deserve it— Genevieve Lowry (@Glow_flow) February 24, 2020
I’ve been crying on and off for the past two hours. Thanks, HGTV. #ExtremeMakeover— Jessica Anks (@janks_meow) February 24, 2020
watching extreme makeover home edition and crying pic.twitter.com/U7jMoqb2AM— zeke (@sk8erfather) February 24, 2020
wow there was this beautiful family who are refugees from Africa and Extreme Makeover Home edition really gave them a beautiful home & they all got 4 yr scholarships to college🥺🥺🥺 my heart so full— A.🤍 (@ariiielllee) February 24, 2020
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.
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