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Marwa Elselehdar Blamed For Blocking The Suez Canal Despite Being 370 km Away

Egypt’s first feminine captain was blamed by trolls for blocking the Suez Canal – regardless of being on a distinct boat tons of of kilometres away.

Marwa Elselehdar was working as a primary mate accountable for the Aida IV in Alexandria when the Ever Given turned wedged within the canal, bringing the main transport path to a halt.

However on-line rumours and pretend information headlines unfold the falsehood that she had brought about the container ship to run aground in Suez.

Rumours about her function on the Ever Given had been largely spurred by screenshots of a pretend information headline – supposedly revealed by Arab Information – which mentioned she was concerned within the Suez incident.

The doctored picture seems to be from a real Arab Information story, launched on 22 March, which profiles Marwa’s success as Egypt’s first feminine ship captain. The image has been shared dozens of occasions on Twitter and Fb.

A number of Twitter accounts beneath her identify have additionally unfold false claims that she was in concerned with the Ever Given.

The 29-year-old mentioned: “I felt that I might be targeted maybe because I’m a successful female in this field or because I’m Egyptian, but I’m not sure”

“This fake article was in English so it spread in other countries.”

“The comments on the article were very negative and harsh but there were so many other supportive comments from ordinary people and people I work with.”

“I decided to focus on all the support and love I’m getting, and my anger turned to gratefulness.”

She added: “Also, it is worth mentioning that I became even more famous than before.”

Marwa says she’s all the time beloved the ocean, and was impressed to hitch the service provider navy after her brother enrolled on the Arab Academy for Science Know-how & Maritime Transport (AASTMT).

Although the academy solely accepted males on the time, she utilized anyway and was granted permission to hitch after a authorized evaluation by Egypt’s then-President Hosni Mubarak.

Throughout her research, Ms Elselehdar says she confronted sexism at each flip.

“Onboard, they were all older men with different mentalities, so it was difficult not to be able to find like-minded people to communicate with.

“It was challenging to go through this alone and be able to overcome it without affecting my mental health.”

She added: “People in our society still don’t accept the idea of girls working in the sea away from their families for a long time, but when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone.”

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