How religion helped African migrants during a risky Atlantic crossing [article]


In April 2018, a catamaran captained by two Brazilian smugglers left São Vicente, Cape Verde, setting its course across the Atlantic Ocean, towards the coast of Brazil. Twenty-five West African men were on board. They were all leaving their home countries, going on this risky journey to take their chances for a better life on a new continent.

This article explores the use of religious coping as a way to deal with stress, anxiety and fear, especially during extreme, high-risk migration journeys. This write-up is based on empirical research published in Mental Health, Religion & Culture.


The article is published (04.11.2021) through The Conversation. It can be read here.