Notre Dame Fire Sparks International Donations Debate

Terin Frodyma, Editor

On April 15th, the world watched in awe as Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames. Although no cause was identified, the devastation that remains is one that will put a stamp in history.
The construction of Note Dame began in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345. Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France inside the cathedral in 1804. This Cathedral hold a lot of history.
The cathedral was undergoing construction and suffered colossal damages. Despite the tragedy and horror, no deaths occurred.
The iconic spire at the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris collapsed after the fire broke out that evening.
The roof burning and ended up collapsing onto itself. Firefighters managed to save the cathedral’s landmark rectangular towers from the blaze, but the cathedral is still under surveillance because it could still bulge.
France’s leader vowed to rebuild the landmark. In an address to France the following day, President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted it done within five years, but an expert to News stations that the reconstruction could take decades.
The total amount of donations by French business leaders and businesses for the reconstruction of Norte Dame confirmed by CNN so far has topped $700 million.
With donations coming in rapid succession, an arguments has risen against prioritizing a cathedral over worldwide issues such as world hunger or poverty.
There is also the question of why people are willing to donate to Notre Dame when similar disaster stuck the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro last fall, but failed to receive the same support as the cathedral.
The initial flow of donations came as no surprise for the cathedral, but many rich French leaders attempted to out-donate one another, matching donations and giving more money/
The money could be used to feed people in less developed countries or go to towards building homes for homeless.
While donating for the Notre Dame Cathedral is a good cause, many think priorities should be checked because and would hunger are often in the public eye, is still exists. In France specifically. citizens are angry because these donations illustrate the severity of the socioeconomic divide.