MIGRANT RESPONSE POINT, AL HUDAYDAH.
Mohammad, aged 17, is from Mogadishu and a survivor of the attack on a migrant boat off the coast of Yemen that killed at least 40 people on 16 March 2017. In early March, he left Mogadishu by car and made it to the port of Basaso (Puntland) before boarding the Yemen-bound boat with 140 others. They sailed through the night and into the next morning. He says he saw the helicopter take off from a large military boat and at first thought they were being saved. The helicopter circled the boat before returning to the ship. A little while later, the helicopter took off again and flew towards the packed migrant boat once more After the second pass, the helicopter came around and opened fire "with big guns that went around”, says Mohammed. Two of his friends with whom he was traveling were killed instantly. He also saw a pregnant woman have her stomach shot open and the baby fall out, before he fell unconscious. He later found out that he had fallen into a coma for six hours before eventually waking up in a hospital in Al Hudaydah, with his right foot amputated. He was discharged after a week in hospital and has been is now living in an IOM (International Organization for Migration) Migrant Response Point with other survivors and recent migrant arrivals. IOM says that 40 people were killed in the attack. According to UNHCR, Yemen hosts over 255,000 Somali refugees. Despite the ongoing conflict and the hazardous journey, more than 117,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen last year.