Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso

Christopher Davidson
January 8, 2019

No one has heard from a Quebec woman who went to Burkina Faso since December 15 and now Global Affairs Canada is trying to figure out what happened to her.

Luca Tacchetto and Edith Blais were expected to arrive in Togo before Christmas for a humanitarian project, but no one has heard from them since they were in Burkina Faso on December 15.

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

The pair were supposed to travel by vehicle to Togo for a humanitarian aid project with Zion'Gaia, an environmentally oriented group that engages in reforestation projects, according to its website.

The pair's disappearance follows the kidnapping of Italian aid worker Silvia Romano in Kenya on November 20, 2018. They were planning on driving to the capital, Ouagadougou, where they meant to stay for a few days and possibly sell their auto before heading to neighbouring Togo.

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

"The things that go through your head- it's insane", she said.

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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.

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

She said Blais lives a bohemian life, travelling often since she was 18 years old.

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

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

The government of Canada's website recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to the country due to the threat of terrorism. Canada also advises to avoid all travel in the area bordering Togo due to the risk of banditry and kidnapping.

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

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