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Local Photographer Helps In Haiti

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

There are many people from the D.C. area among the volunteers helping the relief efforts in Haiti.

Astrid Riecken has called D.C. home for the past 12 years. She's a photographer there. But for the next three weeks she'll be flying around Haiti doing communications for a group of medical volunteers with Project Hope.

"I will take photographs, write a little bit...," she says.

Riecken says when she heard about the Earthquake, she was able to turn her own misfortune around in order to help others.

"I just lost my job, I was sitting at home and slowly getting the unemployment blues, and I thought, I don't want to feel this way," she says.

Coincidentally, a friend told her about the volunteer position.

"It's just an inner call at some point in your life that you want to volunteer."

Riecken will be in Haiti for three weeks.

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