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From a distance, squares of salt pools stretch calm and flat across Enfeh's coast in a patchwork of a blue and white.Enfeh, the nose-shaped village just south of Tripoli, was once famous for its salt production; the town is rumored to have been the first site of human salt cultivation.The Daily Star covered the loss of the salt industry in Enfeh 10 years ago.Before the 1970s, Enfeh supplied most of Lebanon's salt supply. The Enfeh Municipality estimates that approximately 70 percent of local families made a living from salt. Eddy Saoud has worked for the past six years as the minister of finance in Koura Amioun, where Enfeh's salt production activity is registered.Enfeh residents are no strangers to the struggle for salt production. Aleco Audi comes from an Enfeh salt mining family, and now runs a small operation, only producing salt for friends and family."It is an emotional tie we have to this salt," Makary revealed. He explained that the loss of salt mining is an inevitable economic reality, yet he felt that preserving its production would bring tourism to Enfeh. The challenge, Makary said, is finding someone to rebrand Enfeh's salt industry for tourism purposes.
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