(The Daily Star/Victoria Yan)
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Tucked into the mountains between Rmeileh and Jiyyeh, the small village of Maanieh is deeply rooted in Mansour's spirit.Having grown up in the groves with his grandfather, Mansour can still identify specific trees that are firmly attached to particular memories from his youth. Mansour's passion would emerge years later, after his family had fled the village during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990).Then, Mansour met his wife, Rita Hakim, and the couple went on to have three children.Despite finding success in this new chapter of his life, Mansour never forgot Maanieh. The sleepy village – only an hour and a half away – loomed large in the thoughts of Mansour, who had hopes of introducing his wife and children to his hometown. Walking into a grove nurturing some of Maanieh's oldest trees, Mansour pointed to a branch long ago sawed from a thick trunk and now dried with time.
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