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' mother, Jocelyne Bergeron, said she felt terrible after learning her daughter and her boyfriend Luca Tacchetto had gone missing in the African country last month.
She said both Blais and Tacchetto, 30, were in the habit of checking in with the families every couple of days. They were last heard from on December 15 when Blais posted photos from their trip to Facebook. They were on their way to neighbouring Togo to work on a humanitarian project, the Facebook group said.
The pair's disappearance follows the kidnapping of Italian aid worker Silvia Romano in Kenya on November 20, 2018.
"We're holding out hope that we will find her quickly", Bergeron said.
In a Facebook group, Blais' family said she and Tacchetto were driving through Burkina Faso when they disappeared.
"In the last 24 hours we have practically gotten no sleep", Bergeron said. She described her as being "very happy".
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.
While many have reached out with messages of support and possible leads, she says it's hard to know what is worth pursuing. Bergeron had already been anxious because the couple would have to cross a jungle and would likely lose contact for a few days.
Bergeron says she's received many messages from people who claim they've seen the couple in different places.
Canada has an active travel advisory for Burkina Faso, recommending all non-essential travel be avoided due to the threat of terrorism.
A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada confirmed they're aware that a Canadian citizen is reported missing in Burkina Faso.