You already need quite a bit of luck when you’re a refugee from Somalia trying to flee a dire situation involving conflict and a drought. Then throw in making a dangerous journey across the sea to Yemen where there’s a war going on? A LOT OF LUCK!
These refugees had already made the dangerous crossing to Yemen. They already had some luck in that regard, if you want to consider it lucky to survive going from one disaster to another.
Luck was definitely not on the side of these refugees today. According to Reuters, at least 33 of them were killed when their boat was attacked by helicopter. Many others were injured and some are still missing. The number killed is expected to rise.
“We do not know who carried it out but survivors said they came under attack from another boat at 9 p.m., the crew used lights and shouted to signal this is a civilian boat. Nevertheless it did not have any effect and a helicopter joined in the attack,” ICRC spokesperson Iolanda Jaguemet said.
The boat traveling from Yemen to Sudan was attacked near the Mandeb Strait off the coast of Hodeidah, an area in Yemen currently held by the Houthi rebels (who are fighting ousted President Hadi and the Saudi-led coalition). A sailor on the boat says that 80 refugees have been rescued.