Brecht Castel is a Belgian freelance journalist

He writes about mental health and international politics. He studied political science, history and international research journalism. He writes for the Belgian magazines Knack and De Standaard and also for the non-fiction production company Sonderland. 

Brecht Castel


Brecht Castel
Central Asia, Mental Health

Supported projects

Homelessness in Belgium

  • Human Rights
  • Equality

BRUSSELS - This is the first article in a series on homelessness focusing on the Belgian capital city, where homelessness has more than doubled in ten years.

The impact of suicide

  • Healthcare

BELGIUM - As a child, journalist Brecht Castel lost his father after suicide. Twenty years later he is left with questions. Questions that not only concern himself, because in Flanders an average of three people get out of life every day.

The shadow of the highest dam in the world

  • Corruption
  • Energy
  • Politics

TAJIKISTAN - In October 2016, the authoritarian president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rachmon, pushed a pile of stones into the river Vachsh with a bulldozer. With this symbolic gesture he gave a new start to the construction of the Rogun dam which started in 1976. With 335 meters, Rogun has to become the highest dam in the world and the largest hydroelectric power plant in Central Asia. Quite a strong achievement for the poorest country in the region.