Italian man and Canadian woman missing in West Africa - Italianmedia

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 8, 2019

Blais' family says she and Tacchetto were planning on driving to Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, where they meant to stay for a few days and possibly sell their auto before heading to neighbouring Togo.

Blais, who is from Sherbrooke, Que., met Tacchetto, a 30-year-old architect, in Canada two years ago, the family said.

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.

The pair was supposed to stay in the capital for four or five days and possibly sell their auto, according to Blais' family. She said Luca's father spoke with them after they had arrived in Burkina Faso two days later.

The pair were travelling in Western Africa and were making their way to Togo for a humanitarian project.

"In the last 24 hours we have practically gotten no sleep", Bergeron said. "They've completely disappeared into the void". "She has been dreaming about travelling to Africa for all of her life".

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

Radio-Canada reported that the Canadian government is treating their disappearance as a kidnapping, although the kidnapping has not been confirmed.

Global Affairs has said they're talking to local authorities in Burkina Faso, but they haven't said anything else about the case.

The Canadian government warns travellers to avoid all "non-essential travel" to Burkina Faso, particularly the northern area and its borders with Mali, Niger, Benin and Togo because of the threat of terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping.

The pair were last seen travelling by vehicle in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso.

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