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Canadian woman reported missing in Burkina Faso

08 January 2019, 09:11 | Edward Lowe

Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto Via Facebook

Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto Via Facebook

The mother of a Quebec woman who is missing in Burkina Faso said she's very hopeful authorities will find her and her boyfriend, "alive and well".

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, 34, and her companion Luca Tacchetto, have not made contact with their families since December 15, when Blais posted photos from their trip on Facebook.

The pair was supposed to stay in the capital for four or five days and possibly sell their vehicle, according to Blais' family.

"She didn't spend to eat, for a hotel, there's nothing at all", she said. They were on their way to neighbouring Togo to work on a humanitarian project, the Facebook group said.

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"In the last 24 hours we have practically gotten no sleep", Bergeron said.

While many have reached out with messages of support and possible leads, she says it's hard to know what is worth pursuing.

Bergeron Blais described her 34-year-old sister as an adventurous and experienced traveller.

"At first we gave her a little slack, telling ourselves 'she's a traveller, she's a bit bohemian, ' and it's possible that she just didn't give us news for a few days", Bergeron Blais said.

After hearing of the couple's disappearance, Patrick Gagnon drove along the country's border with Togo and Ghana to look for any sign of them.

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

Authorities in Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency earlier this week following terrorist attacks in the northern part of the country.

The Canadian government has a travel advisory warning against all travel in Burkina Faso along the Togo border because of threats of "banditry and terrorism".

In its travel advisory, Canada notes this means an increase of security checkpoints and curfews.

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