Canadian Woman Reported Missing in Burkina Faso

By Canadian Press

By Canadian Press

A woman from Sherbooke and her Italian friend have reportedly been missing for three weeks in Burkina Faso, a country in northwestern Africa.

She said both Blais and Tacchetto, 30, were in the habit of checking in with the families every couple of days.

Édith Blais' sister says the 34-year-old Sherbrooke resident and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling in the West African nation when they abruptly stopped communicating with their families around December 15, when they posted photos on Facebook.

"We're holding out hope that we will find her quickly", Bergeron said.

Blais' family has started a Facebook page and are grateful for the help they've received so far, including from a Quebecer in Burkina Faso who is travelling in person to different border crossings to ask about Blais.

The post came two days after Blais made contact with her mother.

The pair were travelling in Western Africa and were making their way to Togo for a humanitarian project. She described her as being "very happy".

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A Facebook group set up by friends and family of Ms Blais says the couple were heading to Ouagadougou to sell their vehicle, but never made it to the Togo border crossing or applied for visas.

There are no official signs the couple crossed the border into neighbouring Togo. Bergeron had already been anxious because the couple would have to cross a jungle and would likely lose contact for a few days.

"We hang on. We have a good team working with us searching for my daughter", she said.

"Canadian consular agents in Burkina Faso are in contact with the local authorities to gather information".

On its travelers' site, the Canadian government recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to Burkina Faso because of the imminent terrorist threat.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada confirmed they're aware that a Canadian citizen is reported missing in Burkina Faso.

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