Save Our Shepherd

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DCU Students’ Union urges Minister Charlie Flanagan to revoke Shepherd Machaya’s deportation order for Sunday October 21st 2018. Shepherd, having lived in Ireland for nine years, is a second year Management of Information Technology and Information Systems student and was accepted into DCU as part of the University of Sanctuary scholarship scheme. Like all students, he should be afforded the right to complete the studies he has thrived in thus far. Despite his challenging living circumstances in Direct Provision, he has overcome great odds to advance academically. He completed a Level 5 course in Software Development in Portlaoise College in 2017, one more step towards fulfilling his potential. He has contributed so much to this country and has aspirations of continuing to do so, passing his first year in DCU with flying colours and dreaming of a career in systems analysis. Should he be deported, he will be faced with the threat of torture from local ‘political’ groups, the very people who drove him out of the country nine years ago. He will not be safe. Please sign this petition and save our Shepherd.