Self-expression through movement and music is utilised as a healing modality in many cultures. In this presentation Chiara describes Capoeira Angola (CA), an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines rhythm, dance and movement, as an effective group intervention for young refugees.CA groups create a safe environment for young refugees to overcome isolation and adversity, build up resilience through creating a sense of belonging, confidence, strengths, and trusting relationships.
These concepts speak to young people who have themselves experienced the kind of trauma, losses and deprivation associated with war and other forms of organised violence. Through movement and rhythm, CA has a great ability to transcend cultural boundaries and nationalities. This group intervention provides positive examples of human relationships, and an opportunity for young people to model their own behaviour, and develop trust and healthy socialising techniques. The benefits of CA have been systematically evaluated and the initial results are very encouraging.