Marwa Elselehdar was on obligation a whole bunch of miles away within the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria when the Suez Canal was blocked by container ship Ever Given.

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UPDATED ON APR 04, 2021 07:23 AM IST

Egypt’s first feminine ship captain Marwa Elselehdar was on the centre of a faux information marketing campaign that blamed her for bringing one of many world’s most strategic delivery routes, the Suez Canal, to a halt, a BBC report stated. But when reviews of the container ship Ever Given being wedged throughout the Suez Canal emerged, 29-year-old Elselehdar was on obligation a whole bunch of miles away within the Mediterranean port metropolis of Alexandria.

“I was shocked,” she stated, in keeping with the report. “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,” she added. 

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Elselehdar is among the many 2 per cent of the world’s girls seafarers, the report stated. “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,” she stated.

Screenshots of a faux information headline and a doctored picture picked from a information story launched on March 22, which profiles Elselehdar, have been doing the rounds on social media, paving the best way to the rumours that she was concerned within the Suez incident. 

“This fake article was in English so it spread in other countries. I tried so hard to negate what was in the article because it was affecting my reputation and all the efforts I exerted to be where I am now,” she stated.

Traffic congestion that affected commerce internationally was triggered because of the skyscraper-sized container ship being caught within the Suez Canal. More than 300 ships have been ready to go the Suez Canal, many with animals as cargo, as rescue efforts have been on for nearly per week. The ship was freed on March 29 and the world’s commerce resumed its course after the visitors cleared to a big extent on April 3.


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