Special tribute held at Khamba Ovoo
The President’s Office and State Commission organized an honorary event for Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Persecution on September 10.
The organizers hoped that Sunday’s event would remind everyone of the tragic event, raise young people’s awareness about it, and encourage the public to prevent such an event from happening again by paying tribute to the political persecution victims at Khamba Ovoo where their bodies were buried.
President’s cultural and religious advisor Ts.Khulan, Deputy Head of the President’s Office B.Saruul, head of the Mongolian Association of Victims of Political Persecution D.Tsogtbaatar, Secretary of the State Commission P.Narandalai, Khamba Lama of the Gandantegchenling Monastery D.Choijamts, Khamba Lama of the Dashchoilan Monastery Ch.Dambajav, director of Soyombo Sum NGO B.Ariunbuyan, Chairman of the Songinokhairkhan District Council B.Munkhtsetseg, Japanese researcher Akira Ono, monks, artists, and local residents attended the event.
President’s advisor Ts.Khulan thanked everyone for attending the special measure and delved into the importance of Khamba Ovoo in Songinokhairkhan District.
“Our ancestors rest right here, right under our feet, on this land called Khamba Ovoo. 24,000 out of 37,000 persecuted victims were buried around the capital, in Shar Khad and Soningiin Am, where we walk around without a care.”
According to the State Commission, it was determined that over 31,000 people have been officially recognized as victims of political persecution. Most of these people were buried at Khamba Ovoo, which spreads to around 16 hectares.
During the event, artists from the State Academic Theater of Drama performed a scene from D.Enkhboldbaatar’s “Amidral Chinii Tuluu” (Life for You) play inspired by the tragic events of the 1937-1939 political purges. Opera singers from the State Academic Theater of Ballet and Dance performed “Gerel Suuder” (Light and Shadow) opera piece in remembrance of the victims.