Sebastian Castelier

Sebastian Castelier

Iraq

Gravediggers claim ghosts haunt world's largest cemetery in Iraq

Remains of millions are buried in Wadi-us-Salaam, the Valley of Peace which gravediggers say is a frightening workplace.

Gravediggers claim ghosts haunt world's largest cemetery in Iraq

Science & Technology

Staying home: Kerala keeping talent local to grow its economy

The Indian state has long depended on remittances from abroad, but now homegrown tech firms are creating new jobs.

Staying home: Kerala keeping talent local to grow its economy

Kuwait

Gulf War disappeared: Three decades of Kuwaiti despair

Families remain haunted by unknown whereabouts of 369 Kuwaitis abducted by Saddam Hussein's forces during Gulf War.

Gulf War disappeared: Three decades of Kuwaiti despair

Football

Uncertainty in Kuwait around expanding World Cup 2022

Kuwait's football community weighs pros and cons of hosting 16 additional matches of an expanded FIFA World Cup.

Uncertainty in Kuwait around expanding World Cup 2022

India

In Kerala, the glittering Gulf's appeal is losing shine

Expatriates were seen as prime marriage material, but men now face changing expectations and fewer opportunities abroad.

In Kerala, the glittering Gulf's appeal is losing shine

Iraq

Mosul residents left to rebuild destroyed homes

A year after the fall of ISIL, civilians rue lack of support after their homes were heavily damaged or destroyed.

Mosul residents left to rebuild destroyed homes

Morocco

The last salt miners of Morocco

The ancestral tradition of salt mining is on the verge of disappearing in the country.

The last salt miners of Morocco

ISIS/ISIL

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

Dozens of families accused of having relatives in ISIL have been forcibly displaced to an 'open-air prison' camp.

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

Iraq

Born after ISIL: Life starts anew at Qayyarah hospital

Since Qayyarah was retaken from ISIL, the town's maternity hospital has been serving women across the region.

Born after ISIL: Life starts anew at Qayyarah hospital

Middle East

Hard times for Oman's Strait smugglers

New taxes and the lifting of sanctions on Iran could contribute to smuggling's decline in the Strait of Hormuz.

Hard times for Oman's Strait smugglers

Middle East

Displaced Iraqis take final exams amid chaos of war

'We should not stop teaching and studying because we are displaced,' says Hamdaniyah University president.

Displaced Iraqis take final exams amid chaos of war

Poverty & Development

Iraqi children scavenge for a living

After fleeing from ISIL, dozens of young Iraqis spend their days searching through rubbish heaps for valuable scraps.

Iraqi children scavenge for a living