A Zimbabwean asylum seeker in Ireland says he will never be heard of again if he is deported to Zimbabwe.

Mduduzi Ngwenya, a first year science student in Ireland said he will be killed in Zimbabwe. According to the Irish Times, more than a 1 000 people took part in a rally in support of Ngwenya and fellow asylum seeker, Theo Ndlovu, in Galway on Saturday afternoon.

Both men are currently facing deportation and are awaiting notification of when they will have to leave Ireland.

“I don’t think there will be any life for me if I go back to Zimbabwe. If I go back home that will be the end of me, I will be killed. I will never be heard from again, what happens to me wont be published anywhere.

“Galway has become my home and I have a lot of friends here. It has been great to make new friends and to help the other people in the hostel [direct provision centre] to integrate better into the local community.”

“The deportation order is not here yet, but it’s on the way. It’s devastating. I didn’t really know how to deal with the news when I heard.

“It [the deportation order] could come at any time. I might get taken tonight. I don’t feel safe anymore. I can’t relax. What if they come and take me in my sleep. It’s stressful, you can never relax, even for a minute,” he told the Irish Times.