Photo of her and her Italian travel buddy
The family of a 34-year-old Quebec woman travelling in West Africa fears for her safety after not hearing from her for three weeks.
Edith Blais left her home of Sherbrooke, Que., last year, most recently travelling to Burkina Faso. She is travelling with an Italian man she met in Canada.
Blais and Luca Tacchetto, 30, were last heard from in the Burkina Faso city of Bobo-Dioulasso on Dec. 15.
They were expected in Togo, where they were going to work on a reforestation project for a month, before Christmas.
Bergeron described her daughter as a visual artist whose "lifelong dream" was travelling to Africa.
She said Blais lives a bohemian life, travelling often since she was 18 years old.
Yet, if she simply looked at the Canadian government's travel advisory map, she would have seen that Burkina Faso was colored red, as a "No Go Zone"
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The news article said they were going to travel from Burkina Faso to neighbouring Togo
Burkina Faso - AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
Avoid non-essential travel to Burkina Faso due to the threat of terrorism.
Borders with Benin and Togo - Avoid all travel
Avoid all travel to 40 km within borders of Benin and Togo due to the threat of banditry and terrorism.