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About Sheila
Sheila Ponnie Juba based journalist, born in South Sudan, graduate of Nkumba University in Entebbe. Began her journalism career as a news and programming intern/reporter with Radio Miraya, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS). She also hosted a nightly news and culture radio program on Radio One 89Today, she works as a freelance correspondent for (VOA) the Voice of America Network and (VOA) South Sudan in Focus, where she files video, radio and online reports from South Sudan, and East Africa, edited and broadcast from the VOA News Production Center in Washington, DC and London.

Through her career, Sheila has contributed to several local and international news organizations and NGOs, such as RFI, DPA news UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP and the Japanese, International, Cooperation Agency (JICA) among others.

Sheila also covers South Sudan's local news as a general assignment reporter, on issues of politics, women and girls health, environment and sports for The City Review South Sudan, a locally published, online news agency. 

She has been chosen to participate in several women in media and press freedom conferences - in Finland, Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, and Zambia, among others. Last year, Sheila was invited by the IGAD Center for Excellence, in Djibouti, to participate in a conference on "Journalism and Reporting to Counter Extremist Violence Messaging".

Sheila is also an active member of (AWIM), African Women in Media and (IWMF) International Women's Media Foundation
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Tube Mastery and Monetization Course By Matt Par

15 Jun 2024  |  mattpar.com
The text promotes the Tube Mastery and Monetization Course by Matt Par, emphasizing that it is not too late to start on YouTube. It argues that while there is competition, the increasing viewership and the quality of content can help new creators succeed. The course is presented as a proven formula for achieving fast results on YouTube.

Political violence in Sudan is forcing thousands of refugees, many of them children, to neighboring South Sudan for safety. There, they face a different threat — a collapsing health care system. Sheila Ponnie reports from Renk, Upper Nile State, South Sudan.

Millonarios drew 1-1 with Flamengo in the first round of the Copa Libertadores

03 Apr 2024  |  www.wradio.com.co
Millonarios faced Flamengo at home on April 2 in the first round of the Copa Libertadores group stage, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Daniel Ruiz scored the only goal for the home team. The match took place at Nemesio Camacho El Campín stadium in Bogotá. The game saw a goalless first half, but Flamengo took the lead in the second half with a penalty by Pedro after Larry Vásquez's foul and expulsion. Millonarios equalized ten minutes before the end, leaving both teams with one point in Group E.

South Sudan’s Opposition Reject Election Laws

27 Mar 2024  |  voaafrica.com
Opposition parties in South Sudan have strongly criticized new electoral regulations, viewing them as an attempt to exclude them from the upcoming general election, which will be the first in the nation's history.

South Sudan's Transitional National Parliament has demanded the immediate removal of the Acting Mayor of Juba City Council Emmaunuel Khamis Richard within 72 hours. The MPs demand that the governor of CES should remove him from both positions of acting mayor and commissioner

God Bless You All. From Chukudum Town, in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State, Happy Sunday.

U.S. declares aid cut and calls on RTGoNU to act. Speaking is Katherine Crawford, Mission Director for USAID South Sudan

Lab Labni:Village where trees connect mobile users to the world “There is no cell phone network here,” Steven, a resident told me when i met him under a baobab tree, struggling to communicate with someone on the other end of the line.#actual life, actual people

Read @ CityreviewJuba https://cityreviewss.com/how-adult-education-brings-back-lost-joy-in-western-bahr-el-ghazal/ How a 45-year-old father of 8 children sits attentively, taking every instruction from the teacher. Diing’s class is made up of students of all backgrounds. A local chief, women, and youth have all converged here to gain education

South Sudan Deploys First Unified Forces A process that was supposed to have been completed 3 years ago The first battalion of 1,000 soldiers will be deployed to Malakal #Unified forces #South Sudan

South Sudanese students with hearing impairment struggle throughout their educational journey. "The main obstacle we face is a language barrier,"

Follow-up on the deployment of NUF. The 750 deployed Necessary Unified Forces (NUF) have arrived at their destination today, having travelled by boat for seven days and nights to reach Tonja Upper Nile in South Sudan. The soldiers started their mission last week on 15

Japan and UNDP signed $5 million to fight SGBV cases in three States of South Sudan. Dr. Samuel Doe, UNDP Resident Representative, says the 5m will build 9 integrated livelihoods and socio-economic community centers in three states central, Eastern, and Western Equatoria.

South Sudan's Gov't seizes 17 tracks with goods that were brought into the country illegally @ Chairperson, South Sudan National Bureau of Standards Kuorwel Kuai .

Mundari Community Culture Festival in South Sudan People of all ages can develop a feeling of identity and belonging through culture, which can change large societies and improve small communities.

A legal professional lamented over the delays in judicial procedures and the lack of protection for witnesses by the judiciary.

If Akobo had a synonym, it would be that secret place on earth hidden away from civilization. Maybe, if Akobo existed in the aquatic world, it would be the golden fish with no botanical name but still famous and revered, in the world under the seas and big oceans where light and oxygen are in limited supply but life is abundant nonetheless.

One beautiful Thursday morning, I awoke with an unsatiable urge to take a couple of snaps of a beautiful Kudura demo farm that I had seen the previous day.

Life in Jonglei State’s Akobo County is not for the faint-hearted, especially for the mothers and children who are at the precipice due to the surge in cases of malnutrition.

Barely three years ago, the residents of the four payams in Akobo County endured long and dangerous treks that would last up to four hours a day to reach a nearby healthcare facility for medical services.

Juba Teaching Hospital Struggles Amidst Salary and Medicine Shortages

05 Jan 2024  |  The City Review South Sudan
Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan is facing severe challenges, including salary arrears for medical personnel leading to a high turnover rate. Dr. Maker Isaac, the medical director, expressed concern over the loss of medical officers to NGOs and private hospitals offering better pay. Despite a 400 percent salary increase for civil servants, delays in payment persist, with some doctors not receiving salaries for several months. The hospital also struggles with a medicine shortage after the withdrawal of the Health Pooled Fund, which previously supplied 90 percent of the country's prescription medications and medical equipment. The hospital is now reliant on clinical officers and specialist consultants, and there is a critical need for intravenous medications. The National Assembly's Specialised Committee on Health and Population has called for increased government investment in healthcare. A clarification was issued regarding the correct name of the medical director, Dr. Maker Isaac.

Juba Teaching Hospital Struggles Amidst Salary and Medicine Shortages

05 Jan 2024  |  cityreviewss.com
Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan is facing severe challenges, including salary arrears for medical personnel leading to a high turnover rate. Dr. Maker Isaac, the medical director, expressed concern over the loss of medical officers to NGOs and private hospitals offering better pay. Despite a 400 percent salary increase for civil servants, delays in payment persist, with some doctors not receiving salaries for several months. The hospital also struggles with a medicine shortage after the withdrawal of the Health Pooled Fund, which previously supplied 90 percent of the country's prescription medications and medical equipment. The hospital is now reliant on clinical officers and specialist consultants, and there is a critical need for intravenous medications. The National Assembly's Specialised Committee on Health and Population has called for increased government investment in healthcare. A clarification was issued regarding the correct name of the medical director, Dr. Maker Isaac.

Kiir hails 2023 strides in accomplishing peace deal tasks

02 Jan 2024  |  cityreviewss.com
President Salva Kiir commended South Sudan's progress in implementing the revitalized peace agreement in 2023, highlighting the graduation and deployment of Unified Forces, passage of critical legislation, and formation of constitutional bodies. Key legislative achievements include the amended National Elections Act and the Southern Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission Act, which are instrumental for upcoming elections and combating corruption. The National Public Health Initiative Bill was also passed to address health issues and oversee research and development institutes.

Secondary candidate begins CSE exams

04 Dec 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) exams for 2023 commenced on December 4, 2023, with 44,991 candidates participating, including 887 refugees. Additionally, 2,103 students are registered for the accelerated secondary education programme (ASEP) exams. The South Sudan National Examinations Council had released the timetable on October 18, and preparations were confirmed by Acting Minister of General Education and Instructions, Martin Tako. Earlier in the year, Minister of Education Awut Deng Acuil reported on the registration statistics for the 2022–2023 CPE exams.

Gov’t ups surveillance to handle Cholera outbreak at borders with Sudan

01 Dec 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The National Ministry of Health has increased surveillance measures in Renk County and other areas bordering Sudan due to a rise in cholera cases among refugees. This is part of the health response to the Sudan crisis to prevent the spread of cholera. WHO reported over 4,000 cases and 130 deaths in Sudan since September 26, 2023. The National Public Health Laboratory in Juba tested twelve stool samples from Renk, with one testing positive for vibrio cholera. The positive case was a 38-year-old male returnee from Sudan who has since recovered.

MoH dispatches team after cholera case reported in Renk

01 Dec 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The National Ministry of Health confirmed a cholera case in Renk County, Upper Nile, involving a 38-year-old patient from Sudan. The Ministry, through the Emergency Operation Centre, dispatched a team to detect and respond to more cases. Surveillance has been increased in Renk and other counties bordering Sudan to control the spread of cholera. The World Health Organisation reported an active cholera outbreak in Sudan with significant fatalities. The National Public Health Laboratory in Juba tested twelve stool samples from Renk, confirming one positive case.

Minister of youth directs SSBF to hold elections within 60 days

29 Nov 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Joseph Akech, has directed the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) to hold elections by February 28, 2024, to avoid a potential FIBA ban. This directive follows internal disputes within the SSBF, including the suspension of its president, Luol Deng. Akech emphasized the importance of adhering to FIBA regulations and the SSBF Constitution to maintain the federation's credibility. The SSBF has seen significant improvements under Deng, with the men's basketball team competing in the 2023 World Cup and qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Why the government faces headache after commencing forces deployment

17 Nov 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The South Sudanese government began deploying over 50,000 officers to Malakal, Upper Nile State, marking the first deployment since the nation's independence. Challenges such as unpaid salaries and resource constraints are being closely monitored by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition (IO). Spokesperson Col Lam Paul Gabriel emphasized the importance of addressing these issues to maintain morale among the forces. Despite promises from the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Bak Barnaba, to start payments in August 2022, some forces, particularly those from SPLA-IO and SSOA, have not been paid. The deployment is a significant step in the country's military development.

Makuei calls for special courts for cybercriminals

06 Oct 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The Minister of Information, Communication, Technology, and Postal Services, Michael Makuei, has called for the establishment of specialized courts to handle cybercrime cases. This request was made during a meeting with the Judicial Reform Committee. Justice James Ogoola emphasized the need for capacity-building programs for judges to handle digital challenges. The National Communication Authority of South Sudan has raised public awareness about the increasing cyber threats, including WhatsApp account hijacking attempts. The South Sudan Computer Incident Response Team (SS-CIRT) has been introduced as the country's first line of defense against cyberattacks. A tribunal was set up in September 2022 to combat various cybercrimes, but its establishment has faced criticism from social media users and activists.

Haysom calls on government to probe deaths of civilians in Abyei

05 Oct 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The UN's Special Representative, Nicholas Haysom, expressed concern over recent violence in Abyei and Warrap State, urging the South Sudanese government to investigate and reduce tensions. He emphasized the need for peaceful solutions and highlighted UNMISS's ongoing peacekeeping efforts. Haysom also stressed the importance of finalizing transitional security arrangements and praised the recent deployment of unified forces to Upper Nile State, which aims to enhance government confidence and security ahead of elections.

Federalist system should be anchored on people’s interest: Adler

04 Oct 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
US Ambassador to South Sudan, Michael Adler, cautions against adopting federalism without a clear reform plan for governance. He emphasizes that federalism should promote democracy, human rights, and competent governance, warning that without these, it could fail to serve the interests of all South Sudanese people and peace.

Japan, UNDP sign $5 million deal to fight GBV

02 Oct 2023  |  cityreviewss.com
The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a $5 million deal to fund the construction of community and livelihood centres in South Sudan's Equatoria States. These centres aim to provide legal, psychological, and technical support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and women vulnerable to violence, enhancing their independence and business skills. The project, coinciding with the 16 days of GBV action, will support 700 women-led businesses and provide services to 1,400 women entrepreneurs. The initiative is part of broader efforts to empower women, eradicate poverty, and enhance resilience in South Sudan.

SSudan’s Kiir Calls on 2.3 Million Refugees to Return

23 Feb 2023  |  Voice of America
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has prioritized the repatriation of over 2.3 million South Sudanese refugees from countries like Kenya, Uganda, and Egypt. Kiir addressed the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Juba, promising government-provided security and logistical support for those returning home and land allocation for those unable to return to their original residences. The resettlement efforts come amidst ongoing political and economic challenges, with the 2018 peace accord not fully implemented and new displacements due to intercommunal violence. National parliament member James Kok emphasized the president's call for a year of reconciliation and forgiveness. Despite the efforts, the country continues to struggle with violence and has not experienced prolonged peace since its independence in 2011.

South Sudan Prepares for Pope Francis' Visit Amid Ongoing Unrest

02 Feb 2023  |  Voice of America
South Sudan is preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis on Friday. The Pope is expected to meet with leaders, diplomats, and victims of the country's unrest, which has resulted in the displacement of 2 million people. Sheila Ponnie, a journalist from VOA, reports on the preparations from the capital, Juba, after speaking with local authorities. The visit is significant as it highlights the ongoing challenges faced by South Sudan, including political instability and humanitarian issues.

Women account for 70 to 75 per cent of informal cross-border trade in Africa's sub-Saharan region. But, empowering the economic future of women in cross-border requires access to finances.

In response to accusations of child trafficking, the government has temporarily limited child adoptions in South Sudan.

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South Sudan Holds Peace Olympics to Foster Reconciliation

25 Jan 2022  |  www.voanews.com
South Sudan celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Twic Olympics in Twic County, aiming to foster reconciliation among communities affected by conflict. The event featured traditional Olympic and team sports, with over 700 athletes participating. It also addressed health issues like COVID, HIV, and waterborne diseases. The games are seen as a way to engage youth in positive activities and steer them away from conflict, with the hope of contributing to peace in the world's youngest country.

Old Fangak County in Jonglei state, remained one of the areas ravaged by violent floodwaters. As many seek refuge in drylands, some are left trapped in their circumstances; people with disabilities form part of this category.

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South Sudan military trainees, feel abandoned and forgotten,

Lack of reliable internet impacts musican's youtube options.

Wheelchair basketball is growing in popularity in South Sudan, offering hope for athletes with disabilities, some of whom lost legs from unexploded ordnance left from decades of conflict.

Malaria on Rise in South Sudan as Other Countries See Improvement

13 Sep 2019  |  www.voanews.com
While the world has made significant progress in eliminating malaria infection and death over the past decade, South Sudan is experiencing a potential resurgence of the disease. Contributing factors include years of conflict and poor environmental conditions. The World Health Organization has noted that progress in some regions has slowed.

South Sudan's Men Try to Break Menstruation Cultural Taboos

22 Aug 2019  |  www.voanews.com
In South Sudan, Men4Women, a group of men and boys, is actively working to dismantle cultural taboos surrounding menstruation, which often result in young girls leaving school. The group is distributing menstrual pads and promoting dialogue among boys and men, as well as advocating for policies to improve the accessibility of sanitary hygiene products for girls.

South Sudan Marks Anniversary With Hunger Still a Pressing Issue

09 Jul 2019  |  www.voaafrica.com
Eight years after gaining independence, South Sudan is still facing severe hunger, with nearly half its population food insecure. Climate issues, economic instability, and ongoing conflict have led to displacement, with many relying on U.N. Protection of Civilians sites for food and safety. The World Food Program's complex operations are challenged by inaccessible areas during the rainy season. Despite a peace deal allowing food pre-positioning, the Minister of Agriculture emphasizes the need for self-sufficiency. Peace is seen as essential for returning to normal life by government officials, humanitarian workers, and displaced citizens.
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