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About Viola
Viola Elias is a journalist based in Juba, South Sudan. I have been working for bothnationa and international media houses as a broadcast journalist for more four years.
I  have an experience in producing audio package, fixer, feature story writing, writing for print ,huaman interest story and current news affairs. I also do an investigative reportibg especially in cases of gender based violence such as rape.
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Dispute Over Civil Servant Salary Hike in South Sudan

19 Feb 2024  |  Voice of America
Lawmakers in South Sudan are urging the finance ministry to uphold a previously approved 400 percent salary increase for civil servants in the 2023-2024 fiscal budget, despite government claims of insufficient resources to support the hike.

Two Killed in South Sudan's Kajo-Keji Attack

24 Jan 2024  |  www.voaafrica.com
A vehicle belonging to Clintwood General Traders was ambushed by suspected rebels of the National Salvation Front in South Sudan’s Kajo-Keji County, resulting in two deaths and two injuries. Alex Alingo, a survivor of the attack, provided details of the incident. The report was filed by Viola Elias from Kampala, Uganda.

Truck Drivers Protest New Charges imposed by South Sudan's Interior Ministry

14 Nov 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Truck drivers have halted their operations at the Nimule border point in protest against new charges on commercial vehicles by South Sudan's Ministry of Interior. The Kenya Drivers’ Union reports over a thousand trucks are affected, impacting the transportation of imported goods into South Sudan.

Lawmaker Calls for Support as Kiir Assumes EAC Leadership

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
South Sudan's speaker of the National Assembly, Jemma Nunu Kumba, is calling for support from members of the East African Community (EAC) for South Sudan and its president, Salva Kiir, as he prepares to take on the leadership of the regional bloc. Kumba made these remarks during the 16th Conference of the Speakers of the EAC in Juba.

UNISFA Condemns Deadly Attacks by Armed Youths in Abyei

09 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) condemned weekend attacks by armed youths on villages in Angath, Wunpeth, and Korioch, resulting in at least 27 deaths and 14 injuries. The violence is attributed to armed young men suspected of crossing from Warrap State, according to the area's information minister.

5 Killed in South Sudan Road Attack

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Five people were killed and three injured in South Sudan when gunmen ambushed a convoy of trucks on the Juba-Nimule Road. The South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) blamed the National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels for the attack, citing similar past incidents. The first truck managed to escape with three wounded, while the other two were burned, resulting in five civilian deaths. The SSPDF is taking measures to investigate and evacuate the bodies. NAS spokesperson Suba Samuel denied recent accusations and countered with claims against the SSPDF.

SSudanese Criticize Government for Sending Troops to DRC

04 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
There is a mixed reaction to the South Sudanese government's decision to deploy the South Sudan People’s Defense Force to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of an East African peacekeeping force. Some citizens believe the troops should focus on conflict hotspots within South Sudan to restore peace domestically.

Two Aid Workers Killed in Ambush in South Sudan

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The UN condemned the murder of two aid workers in South Sudan and urged authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victims, working for the Italian charity Doctors with Africa CUAMM, were ambushed while returning from a food relief mission. This incident is part of a series of attacks on humanitarian workers in the country, with four aid workers killed in the past month alone. South Sudan, one of the most dangerous countries for aid workers, has seen 128 humanitarian workers killed since 2013. Despite a ceasefire in 2018, the country remains plagued by armed violence and ethnic clashes.

Sudan's FFC Urges Ceasefire for Humanitarian Access

03 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) in Sudan is calling for rival parties in the country's conflict to negotiate a cessation of hostilities and a permanent ceasefire to enable humanitarian access. Coalition members meeting in Juba, South Sudan, stress their dedication to resolving the ongoing conflict.

Newly-Wed Sudanese-South Sudanese Couple Fear Persecution

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Nineteen-year-old Ishan Ahmed Abdallah, a Sudanese national, and her South Sudanese husband, Deng Anei Awen, face death threats from her father due to tribal racism and opposition to their marriage. The couple, fearing for their lives, have sought asylum and appealed to human rights organizations for protection. The case has sparked significant social media attention and discussions about patriarchal norms and Sharia law in Sudan and South Sudan. Legal experts state there are no legal barriers to their marriage, but cultural and social constraints persist.

South Sudan Women's Right Activist Wins Amnesty International Award

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Riya William Yuyada, executive director of Crown the Women-South Sudan, has been honored with the Ginetta Sagan Award by Amnesty International USA for her dedication to women's safety, equality, and empowerment in South Sudan. The award, which includes a $20,000 grant, recognizes women who protect the dignity and lives of women and children in crisis regions. Yuyada plans to use the funds to build a healing center for survivors of rape and gender-based violence. Co-winners include Norma Andrade from Mexico and Naw K’nyaw Paw from Thailand, both recognized for their human rights work.

Police Community Cooperation Bolsters SSudan's Security During Easter

10 Apr 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Community policing has significantly reduced crime rates in Juba, South Sudan, leading to a peaceful Easter celebration. Major General Daniel of the South Sudan Police Service highlighted the success of these efforts, contrasting it with previous years when criminals exploited the festive period to commit thefts. Viola Elias reports from Juba.

SSudan Church Leaders Urge Peace Implementation

10 Apr 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Church leaders in South Sudan are urging the signatories of the revitalized peace agreement to implement the deal, highlighting the economic crisis affecting the majority of South Sudanese who are yearning for peace. The moderator general of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan emphasizes the need for action to address the country's challenges.

South Sudan Church Leaders' Easter Messages Urge Peace

08 Apr 2023  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudanese church leaders, including the Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, and the head of the Anglican Church, delivered Easter messages emphasizing the need for peace, unity, and nation-building. They called on leaders to fulfill their responsibilities and implement the 2018 peace agreement. The Anglican leader also criticized the Church of England's support for same-sex marriage, declaring impaired communion with such practices.

Head of Juba's Traffic Police Puts Stop to Request for Driving Certificates

31 Mar 2023  |  voaafrica.com
The head of Traffic Police in Juba, South Sudan, has cancelled the requirement for motorists to present Driving Assessment Certificates to police, a measure that was initially implemented in August 2021 to combat the use of fake licenses.

South Sudanese in Kenya Concerned About Protests

21 Mar 2023  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudanese residents in Nairobi, Kenya, express concerns over their safety and disruptions to normal life due to protests led by opposition leader Raila Odinga. As foreigners, they refrain from engaging in local politics but are affected by the events.

South Sudan Political Parties Demand Audience With Pope Francis

30 Jan 2023  |  voaafrica.com
South Sudanese political party leaders outside of government are requesting the Vatican to arrange a meeting with all political parties during Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Juba. A leader from the United South Sudan Party expressed disappointment upon learning that the Pope plans to meet only with leaders who are part of the government.

Commercial Trucks Refusing to Enter South Sudan Because of Insecurity

09 Apr 2021  |  www.voaafrica.com
Hundreds of commercial trucks bound for South Sudan have halted at the borders due to insecurity after a series of armed attacks last month resulted in at least 15 deaths. Truckers from Uganda and Kenya demand safety guarantees before proceeding. David Kirotho Mathinde of the Kenyan Drivers Association criticized the South Sudanese government's inaction on security. Colonel Santo Domic of the SSPDF announced plans to reinforce security on major roads to Juba. Daniel Deng noted that around 3,000 trucks are waiting at the Uganda border, warning of rising fuel and food prices if the situation persists.

Treating COVID-19 One Year In: Better, but No Breakthrough

11 Mar 2021  |  www.voanews.com
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have identified some effective treatments but no breakthrough therapy. Anti-inflammatories like dexamethasone and antibody treatments show promise, while drugs like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin lack sufficient evidence. Monoclonal antibodies are effective early in the disease but face logistical challenges. New variants may impact treatment efficacy. The medical community continues to refine guidelines and seek better solutions.

Newly-Wed Sudanese-South Sudanese Couple Fear Persecution

13 Jan 2021  |  www.voaafrica.com
Ishan Ahmed Abdallah, a Sudanese national, married Deng Anei Awen from South Sudan without her parents' consent, leading to public death threats from her father due to tribal racism. Despite the father's claims of her being taken against her will, Ishan asserts her love for Awen and fears for their safety. The couple has fled to Juba and appealed for asylum. The case has sparked discussions on Sharia law and patriarchal norms in Sudan and South Sudan. Legal expert Saleh Mohmoud states that intermarriages are not legally prohibited if the man is Muslim. Reports suggest the couple may have secured asylum in Sweden, but this remains unverified.

In Village With No Bridge, Residents Die Trying to Cross Water

15 Aug 2019  |  voaafrica.com
Nine people died when a pickup truck overturned while crossing a flooded road in Luri village, near Juba, South Sudan. The bridge collapsed in 2012, and the alternative road is unsafe during high water levels, leading to over 50 drownings in three months. Survivors Elizabeth Ajawa and Mary Albino recounted their experiences. Luri County Commissioner Emmanuel Paul Fartakin stated the driver ignored orders not to cross. Residents, including Stephen Wani and Pitia John, expressed frustration at government inaction despite promises. The national government has contracted IBMC construction company to repair bridges in the area.


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