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Mother of missing Quebec woman 'very hopeful' she'll be found alive

Quebec woman missing - Canada News Canadian woman reported missing in Burkina Faso
Sandy Nunez | 08 January, 2019, 09:10

A Canadian woman who traveled to Burkina Faso with an Italian friend as part of a humanitarian aid program has been reported missing, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Tacchetto and Blais met in Canada two years ago and have been travelling since last year, visiting European countries before heading to Africa.

Edith Blais' mother, Jocelyne Bergeron, said she felt disgusting after learning her daughter and her boyfriend Luca Tacchetto had gone missing in the African country last month. They were planning on driving to the capital, Ouagadougou, where they meant to stay for a few days and possibly sell their vehicle before heading to neighbouring Togo. She said Luca's father spoke with them after they had arrived in Burkina Faso two days later. Their families have not been in contact with the couple since December 15, which was the same day Blais had posted travel photos online.

Bergeron described her daughter as a visual artist whose "lifelong dream" was travelling to Africa. "They've completely disappeared into the void".

"We're very hopeful that we will find her and her boyfriend", she told CTV News Channel on Sunday.

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Mélanie Bergeron Blais says the pair were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the country's southwest, and planned to eventually make their way to Togo, but there is no indication they applied for visas or crossed the border.

Global Affairs Canada said consular officials are reaching out to local authorities in Burkina Faso to follow up on reports of a missing Canadian. Canada also advises to avoid all travel in the area bordering Togo due to the risk of banditry and kidnapping.

Canada has travel advisories for Burkina Faso, due to terrorism and kidnapping.

The Canadian foreign ministry cautioned its nationals to avoid non-essential travel in Burkina Faso because of the "terrorist threat".