Italian man and Canadian woman missing in West Africa - Italianmedia

Quebec woman missing - Canada News

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. "They've completely disappeared into the void".

The pair were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the country's southwest, and had planned to drive to the capital of Ouagadougou before crossing into neighbouring Togo, the family said.

A Facebook group set up by friends and family of Ms Blais says the couple were heading to Ouagadougou to sell their vehicle, but never made it to the Togo border crossing or applied for visas.

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

She says there has been no financial activity in her sister's bank account and it's unusual for her to be out of touch with her family for more than a few days. "She has been dreaming about travelling to Africa for all of her life", Melanie Blais said.

"But by (Dec) 29th or 30th, we knew something wasn't right".

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

"Anybody who would go there with the idea that this is a place you can get in your auto and drive across (the) country and expect, you know, as if you're going to Toronto - I mean, I find it very troubling but it happens", he said.

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.

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

The post came two days after Blais made contact with her mother.

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