After a ship mishap in the Suez Canal, trolls harass Egypt's first female sea captain.


Egypt's first girl sea captain says she become skewered on social media for causing the grounding that blocked the Suez Canal for almost per week even though she became working on a ship hundreds of miles away.

the controversy comes because the canal authority announced that the backup of ships turned into sooner or later cleared Saturday, 11 days after the Ever Given have become wedged throughout a slim segment of the canal and 6 days after the ship became freed.

Marwa Elselehdar, 29, says she become running at the Aida IV, hundreds of miles away in Alexandria when she found out on-line rumors had been blaming her for the mishap.

Trolls falsified an article on Elselehdar that were posted by using Arab information days before the accident. The headline of a flattering profile became changed from “Marwa Elselehdar: Egypt’s first girl sea captain is using waves of achievement” to “shipment deliver crashes into Suez canal. First female Lloyd Arab captain involved in incident.”

Hapag-Lloyd is a field deliver organisation, even though Elselehdar does not work for it it and it does no longer function the Ever Given. The blockage has been blamed for billions of bucks in international losses.

"Frankly once I read the information i used to be dissatisfied because I worked clearly difficult to attain the placement i have reached," she said in a video published on line. "all people who works on this subject knows how an awful lot attempt a person has made through the years to reach this rank."

multiple faux Twitter debts were created in her name, making it more difficult for her to present the true tale, she stated.

"it's miles difficult to peer that a person is trying to cancel all this effort ... or accuse me of being a failure or that I forget my work," she said. “It’s my popularity, and that i clearly don’t want it damaged like this.”

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Elselehdar studied on the Arab Academy for technological know-how, era and Maritime transport in Egypt, wherein she have become the first Egyptian lady to look at inside the department of Maritime delivery and generation. She graduated in 2013, the best girl in a category of 1,two hundred.

She become recently promoted to captain, although she has must take the very last exam.

"people in our society nevertheless don't accept the concept of ladies working within the sea away from their households for a long term," she told the BBC. "but whilst you do what you like, it is not vital with the intention to searching for the approval of all people."

The captain of the Ever Given has now not been discovered. the full of 422 ships that had been stranded passed through the canal in file time of six days, canal authority director Osama Rabie said in a declaration.

Rabie referred to as the attempt an "success that provides to the authority's ability to control emergency situations and address crises."