Canadians working abroad are increasingly landing themselves in trouble, encountering armed groups, natural disasters or shifting political situations.
In 2008 alone, Canada was confronted with four hostage crises in five months.
Baghdad, Iraq, 2005
Two Canadians were among the members of a Christian charity who were kidnapped by an armed faction. An American in the group was killed; the rest were released six months later.
Ottawa arranged ships to evacuate an astonishing 15,000 Canadians after an armed conflict broke out between Israel and Hezbollah.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 2008
Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout was abducted along with an Australian co-captive. They were released 15 months later, after a private ransom was paid.
North Waziristan, Pakistan, 2008
Beverly Giesbrecht, a Muslim convert from British Columbia, was kidnapped while trying to make a documentary on Islamist insurgents. She is believed to have died in captivity.
Career diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay were kidnapped in the Sahal region of Africa. A British national captured at the same time was beheaded by an al-Qaeda faction, before the others were released following payment of a secret ransom.
Kabul, Afghanistan, 2008
CBC journalist Mellissa Fung was kidnapped after leaving a refugee camp. She was released a month later.
The Canadian government arranged 49 flights to assist in the evacuation of 4,620 people after a powerful earthquake devastated the island nation. Fifty-eight Canadians died.
Ghanzi, Afghanistan, 2010
A 26-year-old Canadian, Colin Rutherford, was kidnapped. In a video taken by his captors he claimed to be a tourist while a Taliban faction accused him of spying. He remains unaccounted for.
Newfoundlander Bob Croke was among several oil workers abducted from a rig and held for 10 days. Mr. Croke, who was shot in the foot during the abduction, was held in a jungle near where government forces were heavily shelling rebels.
Twenty-three Colombian oil workers employed by Talisman, a Canadian company, were briefly held by guerrillas. One escaped and the rest were released.
Several hundred Canadian oil workers were placed in jeopardy as the country erupted into revolution. The Canadian government sent military and civilian planes to facilitate their departure, an operation that was widely criticized for being too slow.