Five children under the ages of 14 and 15 years escaped from Salvation Army transit centre in Mchinji district by allegedly jumping the centre’s brick fence.
The development has heightened fears of child trafficking around the incident.
Among the escapees are two girls, one from Mzimba district and the other one from Dowa. The three are boys, one from Lilongwe and two from Kasungu.
Inside sources say the children escaped in the early hours of Tuesday.
One of the senior officers at the transit centre, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday morning that the children indeed escaped from the centre.
“We just noticed this yesterday (Tuesday) morning that some of the children we are keeping here are missing and we believe they have escaped.
“With little information we have now, we cannot rule out a case of child trafficking. It is believed that someone has influenced these children to escape,” the source said adding that the centre together with the police have launched a search and an investigation on the matter.
Records show that the escapees have been at the transit centre for just 2 to 3 months after being rescued from traffickers with different intentions.