New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – Ships weren’t getting through the Suez Canal last week, but apparently there was a free flow of misinformation about the cause of its blockage — and Egypt’s first female sea captain claims it was aimed at her.
Marwa Elselehdar said her ship, Aida IV, was hundreds of miles from the Suez Canal when a different vessel named the Ever Given got stuck in the heavily trafficked passageway for nearly a week. USA Today reports that in addition to trolls altering online articles about the 29-year-old trailblazer, fake Twitter accounts were made in her name, making it more difficult for Elselehder to set the record straight.
“Frankly when I read the news I was upset because I worked really hard to reach the position I have reached,” she said in video posted online. “Anyone who works in this field knows how much effort a person has made over the years to reach this rank.”
Elselehdar reportedly graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt in 2013, in a department that included herself and 1,199 men. She only recently became a ship captain.