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.

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