On Sunday night’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, after ripping British Prime Minister David Cameron a new one for possibly receiving fellatio from a dead pig, host John Oliver ran an eye-opening 17-minute segment on the Syrian refugee crisis.
After lambasting countries like Hungary for their adamant refusal to take in immigrants, Oliver focused on the plight of Noujain Mustaffa.Mustaffa is a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who fled her hometown of Kobane in northern Syria after it was ransacked by ISIS terrorists, and embarked on the arduous journey across Turkey, Greece, Croatia, and Slovenia, finally arriving in Germany, where she had a very emotional reunion with her older brother. She’s since applied for asylum in Dortmund. And Mustaffa, who traveled with her 25-year-old sister, not only made the trip in a wheelchair, but also served as translator for her fellow refugees, since she speaks near-perfect English.
And how did she learn English? “At home with my favorite TV show, Days of Our Lives,” the impossibly cute girl said, “with Sami and EJ. I love them both!”
The BBC followed Mustaffa for much of her voyage, interviewing her while she was detained in a camp in Slovenia. “I am a prisoner, so it’s not good,” she told the BBC. “I was afraid but I’m doing OK. As I said, I’m stronger than I look. Our country is not lucky enough, it’s not lucky at all. We’ve lost everything.”
“How could you not want this girl in your country!” exclaimed Oliver. “She loves Days of Our Lives—and specifically, she loves EJ and Sami. In fact, even after weeks of total hell, mortal danger, and inhumane treatment, Noujain’s biggest complaint is that the show actually killed off EJ, who was her favorite character. And frankly, she’s right to be upset—EJ and Sami were magic together.”
Indeed, Mustaffa’s biggest complaint following her terrifying ordeal was that EJ was killed off (after, of course, cheating on Sami and kidnapping her baby). So Oliver got EJ and Sami together for a special Days of Our Lives reunion just for Mustaffa, and it’s truly a sight to behold (skip to the 15:53 mark):