- Marwa Elselehdar was the first female captain of Egypt.
- She told the BBC that online rumors and false news headlines condemned her endless roots.
- At the time of the incident, Elselehdar was actually 200 miles away from the incident.
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She told BBC News that despite being hundreds of miles away from the incident, Egypt’s first female captain was accused of blocking the Suez Canal.
According to media reports, Marwa Elselehdar said that she saw online rumors accusing her of being responsible for the stranding of the Ever Given container ship.
When the paper jam occurred, Elselehdar had served as deputy on Aida IV. The ship was in Alexandria-more than 200 miles from the collision site.
An investigation is ongoing to explain the identity of Ever Ever, but it is clear that the 29-year-old man should not be blamed.
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According to BBC News, rumors circulating on the Internet about Esseldal’s charges have become worse due to the sharing of screen shots of fake news headlines.
The media reported that some social media accounts also impersonated her and spread false claims, blaming her.
Elselehdar told the BBC: “I think I might be a target, maybe because I am a successful woman in this field, or because I am Egyptian, but I am not sure.”
The young woman described herself as “shocked” when she saw the baseless accusations on her phone for the first time.
The rumors worried her. In an interview with the BBC, she said: “I tried very hard to deny the content of the article because it affected my reputation and all my efforts to become the present.”
Elselehdar is one of the few women in the male-dominated shipping industry.
In 2016, she became the youngest and first female Egyptian captain to cross the Suez Canal. The BBC said that a year later, she was honored by the President of Egypt during the Egyptian Women’s Day celebrations.
She hopes that despite the unfortunate setbacks, her career can still inspire other women to enter the industry.
She told the BBC: “My message to women who want to enter the maritime field is to fight for what they like and don’t let any negative emotions affect you.”