Rare Look Inside One of the Most Oppressive Regimes in the World

ABC News' Bob Woodruff goes to Northern Myanmar, where some people risk their lives to escape camps described as outdoor prisons.
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In the meantime tonight we move on here to a very rare look inside one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. Tens of thousands risking their lives to escape the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. Many stranded on boats for several weeks this summer our cameras showing the lives of men women and children. Of a minority group forced to live in oppressive camps described as outdoor prisons. Amnesty International just today warning the situation is about to worsen. And so tonight ABC's Bob Woodruff makes his way to a place most journalists are forbidden to go. We're on our way into a highly repressive area of Myanmar to see firsthand what is happening with the real thing the minority. Population of over one million people desperate and on the move willing to risk death and slavery to escape. Journalists are almost never allowed in this area. Matt Smith an activist and founder of fortify rights is taking a stand not an easy trip to get. It's so bad here the best option is to force death. Torture or other abuses at sea and in Thailand just to escape. This has been called the world's largest outdoor prison home to over 140000. Robbing them. They cannot leave the camps to attend school work or seek medical care. Children born in the camps are not issued birth certificates. They are. Surviving. On very little very little. We meant a Rafah a young mother of five. She and her children were stranded cargo boat and and a man for fifteen days over the summer and children were beaten by these alleged traffickers. Yes you said they cried for rice water they were hit. Trafficking is a big business here if I wanted to be traffic data they are how much would it cost. How much what I have to pay. We sit it would cost me about 2000. US dollars. Here in the camps the real pain the children tell me they want to go home. But for now they must stay in the cracks and cruel and and once the rain stops thousands of men women and children would take to the water again. Willing to risk it all for a chance at a better life. Bob Woodruff ABC news yeah I'm. An extraordinary portrait we rarely seen you can see Bob's full report tonight on Nightline.

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