A Quebec woman who was travelling in Burkina Faso with a friend hasn't been heard from in three weeks and is feared missing, her family said Saturday.
Édith Blais' sister says the 34-year-old Sherbrooke resident and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto, 30, 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 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.
"We're really anxious because... the communications stopped abruptly and every kind of activity, every trace just completely vanished", Ms Blais' sister, Melanie Blais, told CTV News.More news: Special needs teacher drags autistic boy down hall
"They weren't anxious about anything. She has been dreaming about travelling to Africa for all of her life".
Blais and Tacchetto were expected by friends with Zion'Gaia - a permaculture initiative based in Togo - before Christmas, but they never crossed the border or applied for a Visa, according to a post on the Facebook page.
Global Affairs Canada said consular officials are reaching out to local authorities in Burkina Faso to follow up on reports of a missing Canadian.
Burkina Faso is known to be a unsafe place for foreigners.More news: Jayson Tatum Says He'd Trade Himself for Anthony Davis
Berube added that consular assistance is being provided to the family in Canada.
On its travelers' site, the Canadian government recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to Burkina Faso because of the imminent terrorist threat.
Blais' disappearance comes as a B.C. man is being detained in Syria.
The Canadian government has been notified and Interpol will be launching an inquiry.More news: Jeff Bezos And Wife, MacKenzie Bezos, Announce Divorce
Due to ongoing conflict, Global Affairs advises Canadians to avoid travel to Syria.